Allan Burns

Allan Burns

Allan Burns (born May 18, 1935) is an American screenwriter and television producer. Burns is best known for creating and writing for the television sitcoms, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and "Rhoda".


Burns was a former writer for "The Bullwinkle Show". Burns also produced three other television shows, "Cutters" (1993), "The Duck Factory" (1984) and (with Chris Hayward) "The Smothers Brothers." Before breaking into television and film, Burns started in animation, working for Jay Ward and collaborating and animating "Rocky and Bullwinkle" and "George of the Jungle". Burns also created the Cap'n Crunch character for Quaker Oats.

After his stint writing for Jay Ward, Burns formed a partnership with Chris Hayward and they created the series "The Munsters" and were hired by producer Leonard Stern as story editors for the CBS series "He & She", for which they won an Emmy award for comedy writing. The last project between Hayward and Burns would be as story editors for the sitcom, "Get Smart".

In 1969, Burns began a partnership with James L. Brooks after being impressed with the television pilot for Brooks' show, "Room 222". Burns joined the "Room 222" writing staff and later produced the series.

After "Room 222", television executive Grant Tinker hired Brooks and Burns to develop a television series for CBS starring Mary Tyler Moore. In 1970, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" premiered and became a critically acclaimed series. "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" spawned spin off series such as "Lou Grant" and "Rhoda". Burns also wrote and produced three television series; "F.M.", "Eisenhower and Lutz" and "Cutters."

Burns has also done screenwriting for movies. Most notably, "A Little Romance" which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay. He also wrote the screenplays , Just the Way You Are and wrote and directed "Just Between Friends".


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